Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without Cranberry sauce,
all those juicy berries gently bubbling away and melting down with sugar and nutmeg. The smell from this mixture sings out Christmas and festiveness and its one of the quickest, easiest recipes that I have.
Now as much as I love my turkey smothered in cranberry sauce, I also have an extreme weakness for apple sauce. When it comes to Christmas day dinner I just can’t decide and usually end up with both on my plate. So this year I decided that it was time to stop with all this sillyness and just make my own sauce that had the best of both worlds: cranberry sauce with apples and nutmeg. Let me tell you now – I am never going back to shop bought cranberry sauce or just cranberry sauce on its own. From now on my Christmas sauce will always be cranberry and apple with a dash of nutmeg and a generous grating of orange zest.
Not only is the sauce the best Christmas sauce I have ever made
To make sure the sauce will keep well, I always sterilise my jars first by either putting through a hot cycle in the dishwasher or putting into a pre heated oven (150 degrees) on a baking tray for around 5 minutes. I make sure the sauce is still piping hot before I transfer to the jars (using a metal funnel) and then screw on the lids.
As the sauce cools it creates a vacuum and ensures a tight seal on the lids. if unopened the jars should keep for around 6 months in the cupboard. Once opened they will keep in the fridge for around 4 weeks.
So this really is a great DIY Christmas present:
it can be made well in advance, it adds that extra personal touch and its something that everyone can enjoy on Christmas day 🙂
**Estimated nutritional information per serving of cranberry sauce and per 100g of Cranberry sauce. If you want find out more about how the information is calculated and the sources used, please refer to my Nutrition Information Guide.